June 5 (Financial Times/by Minxin Pei): The fundamental cause of ethnic disharmony, however, is not economic or cultural but political.
The alternative long-term strategy for China to consider is to grant minorities genuine local political autonomy. This is a high-risk strategy. It may inspire even more radical demands. But international experience shows that genuine local autonomy is the only solution to maintaining ethnic peace in divided societies.
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Note: The writer is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and an adjunct senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace